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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in thousands of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States.
CDC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CORONAVIRUS
We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of several viruses, including coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). These actions are recommended by the CDC, and include:
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
For more information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website and attached handout.
For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings .